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Old 07-08-2010, 09:16 PM   #1
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2" Budget Lift Problems-Beware!

OK-the test came back positive-removed the front coil spacers,death wobble went away!So that definately pinpoints the problem!I also noticed that there was a vibration,which of course was isolated in the same manner as the front-I removed the coil spring spacers from the rear today,then went for a drive-vibration gone!So now I am back down to stock ride height.My take on this is:I am 47,almost 48 y/o,and new to the Jeep scene.I truly hope some 16-25 y/o kid doesn't do as I did,and suffer some horrible tragic accident.I surely would have if not for my 30+ years of experience driving!There is way too much information missing on the so-called budget boost!Apparently you should drop the transfer case,add adjustable lower control arms,etc.,in order to safely lift your TJ and drive trouble-free!My experience was not good,and I highly recommend that you don't just throw in the coil spacers and ride off into the sunset!I am going to further research this with manufacturers,and make sure all my ducks are in a row before I put those spacers back in!

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Sorry for your bad experience, BUT, not to sound like a jerk but it sounds like you did not do your research before putting on the lift. Drive line vibes are a common thing when lifting a jeep. some don't have vibes at 4" and some, like in your case have them with a 2" BB. Look around this forum for more info. There is plenty of it!

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Sorry for your bad experience. I did just what you said not to do, and have had no problems at all. Perhaps your Ujoints are bad or something else related to the driveline. I added 2" coil spacers in Feb. and it drives just fine...
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Sorry for your bad experience. I did just what you said not to do, and have had no problems at all. Perhaps your Ujoints are bad or something else related to the driveline. I added 2" coil spacers in Feb. and it drives just fine...
I second this and will add that it drives better than fine. Hate to hear that you had a bad experience but that certainly wasn't the case for us.
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inferno, tr3ys jeep bears a striking resemblance to yours.
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inferno, tr3ys jeep bears a striking resemblance to yours.
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And he follows me around the forums, and the house.... weird!
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I was thinking about calling the five-oh because i saw your jeep in his profile lol.
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Did you do an alignment to the Jeep after you installed the lift? If not, that is why you had issues. You fubared the settings when you did the lift. Toe-in, caster, and axle center were all thrown off. Same with the rear, you pushed the axle to one side, which only compounded the rear DS issues you caused with the added ride height. Research or questions really go a long way when searching for answers. Not just blaming a 2" rubber spacer.
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I ran a 2" BB without any issues for a year or so before going to my 4" set up . . . no vibes, wobble, etc. X2 on getting an alignment any time you change the ride height of the Jeep. Sometimes a TJ with a 2" BB will need a couple of washers to drop the TC, but usually a BB doesn't require a big drop. Do some research and give it another go.
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Yea man glad to hear you isolated the problem, but the real problem sounds like you didn't do an alignment, something every decent installation article mentions! Also, I have no idea what you're talking about, was there a previous thread about this? Also, TC drops, LCAs, etc. are all a case-by-case basis. With a basic 2" BB lift, you really shouldn't need those things, unless you're facing problems with your shifter out of alignment, BUT I know most articles are recommending a TC drop. A budget boost is really that, a lift on a budget. If it started costing you upwards of $500 to properly do, then you're getting in the realm of economy lifts. It's not a suspension lift so it's not designed to give you the same benefits that a real lift kit would, but it is a tad safer then what you're looking at with a body lift (which should never go above 1").
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I too went with a BB (2.25" & shocks). Also went with 32" tires. Haven't had any issues with DW.
Didn't need to do a TC drop either (Being an Unlimited help with that)
Also, I didn't get an alignment afterwards and the Jeep still drives straight and no signs of uneven tire wear.

You seemed to have had the bad apple of the bunch with your BB.
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Wow, I do believe that these fine people have described all of your wrong doings very efficiently. You left out some important steps in your lift.
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OK,I repent for the sin of not having alignment done immediately-my intentions were to do that tomorrow,but being as I had to drive to work safely,I chose to yank the lift out!As for all the rest,my Jeep was perfectly fine before and after-no vibrations,etc.,etc.My hope was to garner some good advice as to what all must be done.In the case of almost everyone here,I am the only one who ever had any of these troubles,it seems!Hard to believe,but seemingly true!And one person alluded to the fact that rear track bar pushes axle over to one side-am I supposed to just let it be,or should I purchase adjustable track bar?Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!
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My stuff shifted maybe 3/4 of an inch with my 2" spacers, so I just left it as is, it isn't noticeable. I suppose you had the tires balanced, and checked the torque on the wheels as well, in the proper manner. The alignment can be done easily at home, with a tape measure, and pipe wrench....
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The axles being off does not affect anything handling or tire wear wise.
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I would leave the rear track bar alone for now. I would get an alignment as soon as you complete the re-install. Then enjoy.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:43 AM   #17
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Very informative post's guys. Thinling of a 2" lift myself and this post put me on the right way to do it. Thnx

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